|Free Agent — No.|
|Born: May 20, 1963|
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|Major League Baseball debut|
|June 30, 1987 for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Selected MLB statistics|
(through September 17, 2007)
|Earned Run Average||4. In Baseball or Softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the Pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of Events 325 - The First Council of Nicaea &ndash the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held Year 1963 ( MCMLXIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 350 - Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed by troops of the Usurper Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar) A win is a Statistic in Major League Baseball credited to the Pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when his team last took the lead In Baseball statistics, earned run average ( ERA) is the Mean of Earned runs given up by a Pitcher per nine Innings pitched 13|
David Lee Wells (born May 20, 1963 in Torrance, California) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher. In Baseball or Softball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by SO or K) occurs when a batter receives three strikes The Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Minnesota Twins over St Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Toronto Blue Jays over Atlanta Braves (4-2 Pat Borders, MVP Champions Major League Baseball World Series: New York Yankees over Atlanta Braves (4-0 Mariano Rivera, MVP Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Caribbean World Series: The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan, USA Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Toronto Blue Jays over Philadelphia Phillies (4-2 Paul Molitor, Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Atlanta Braves over Cleveland Indians (4-2 Tom Glavine, MVP The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati Ohio, USA Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Atlanta Braves over Cleveland Indians (4-2 Tom Glavine, MVP The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: New York Yankees over Atlanta Braves (4-2 John Wetteland, MVP The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the borough of The Bronx, in New York City, New York. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Florida Marlins over Cleveland Indians (4-3 Liván Hernández, Headline events of the year Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey Jr Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Caribbean World Series: Headline event of the year The Florida Marlins become World Series champions holding off a dynastic New York Yankees team 4 games to The Chicago White Sox are a professional Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Caribbean World Series: The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego California since their founding in 1969 Headline events of the year The Boston Red Sox win their first World Series since, ending the Curse of the Bambino. 2006 Major League Baseball season|2006 Nippon Professional Baseball season Headline Event of the Year The 2006 World Baseball Classic is a surprise success Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Minor League Baseball The Boston Red Sox are a Professional baseball team based in Boston Massachusetts, and are the reigning (2007 World Series Champions. 2005 Major League Baseball season Headline events of the year Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the World Series 2006 Major League Baseball season|2006 Nippon Professional Baseball season Headline Event of the Year The 2006 World Baseball Classic is a surprise success The Los Angeles Dodgers are a Major League Baseball team based in Los Angeles California, USA Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Minor League Baseball Events 325 - The First Council of Nicaea &ndash the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held Year 1963 ( MCMLXIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Torrance is a city located in the " South Bay " (southwestern region of Los Angeles County California. In Baseball or Softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the Pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of Nicknamed "Boomer" for his physique (6-3, listed at 250 pounds (113 kg) but thought to be much more) and off-field interests such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Wells was one of the game's better left-handed pitchers, especially during his years with the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. Harley-Davidson Motor Company ( formerly HDI is an American manufacturer of Motorcycles based in Milwaukee Wisconsin. In Baseball, the pitcher is the player who throwsthe baseball from the Pitcher's mound toward the Catcher to begin each play with the goal of The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the borough of The Bronx, in New York City, New York. The Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is one of only 17 pitchers to have pitched a perfect game in the past 130 years of Major League Baseball. A perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a Pitcher (or combination of pitchers pitches a victory that lasts a minimum He is tied only with Kenny Lofton for appearing in the post season with 6 different teams. Kenneth Lofton (born May 31, 1967 in East Chicago Indiana) is a veteran Major League Baseball Outfielder.
Wells was a journeyman starter for the first eight seasons of his career. He debuted for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1987 as a reliever and did not secure a job as a full-time starter until he was 30 years old, despite pitching well most of the time. The Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar) A relief pitcher or reliever is a Baseball or Softball Pitcher who enters the game after the Starting pitcher is removed due to injury He was released by the Blue Jays during spring training in 1993 and was signed by the Tigers almost immediately.
He emerged as a top-flight pitcher in 1995, when he was 32. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Atlanta Braves over Cleveland Indians (4-2 Tom Glavine, MVP After starting the year at 10-3 for the last-place Detroit Tigers and making his first All-Star Game appearance, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for C. J. Nitkowski, Mark Lewis, and prospect Dave Tuttle. The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan, USA The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati Ohio, USA Christopher John "CJ" Nitkowski (born March 9, 1973, Suffern New York) is a Left handed Baseball Pitcher, Mark David Lewis (born November 30 1969 in Hamilton Ohio) is a former Infielder in Major League Baseball for six teams from 1991 He finished that season with a 16-8 record and a 3. 26 ERA. In Baseball statistics, earned run average ( ERA) is the Mean of Earned runs given up by a Pitcher per nine Innings pitched At the end of the season he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Curtis Goodwin and prospect Trovin Valdez. The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. Curtis Goodwin (born September 30, 1972 in Oakland California) is a former professional baseball player who played Outfield in the Major Leagues In 1996 he pitched then-career high 224 innings but finished with an 11-14 record. An inning, or innings, is a fixed-length segment of a game in any of a variety of Sports &ndash most notably Cricket and Baseball during
In 1997, he signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees, his favorite team because of a lifelong interest in baseball legend Babe Ruth. The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the borough of The Bronx, in New York City, New York. George Herman Ruth Jr (February 6 1895 &ndash August 16 1948 also popularly known as " Babe " " The Bambino " and " The Sultan of He asked for uniform number 3, and was of course denied, as the Babe's number had been long retired. He ended up taking 33 for the Yankees. (He wore 3 for the Red Sox in 2005, before deciding to switch numbers with teammate Edgar Rentería who wore # 16 and gave Renteria his number 3--a number which he wore when he was with the Cardinals, Wells did it to try to end a slump. Edgar Enrique Rentería (pronounced as ˌɾenteˈɾia (born August 7 1975 in Barranquilla, Colombia) is a Shortstop in Major League Baseball ) On June 28, 1997, Wells took the mound wearing an authentic 1934 Babe Ruth hat, which Wells bought for $35,000. Manager Joe Torre made Wells take it off after the first inning because it didn't conform to uniform standards. Wells then blew a 3-0 lead as the Cleveland Indians won 12-8. After posting a 16-10 mark in 1997, Wells pitched brilliantly in the Yankees' record-setting 1998 season. He rang up an 18-4 record, finished fifth in the league in ERA (3. 49) and was third in voting for the Cy Young Award. In Baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best Pitcher in Major League Baseball (one each for American and National
On May 17, 1998, Wells became the 15th pitcher in major league history to pitch a perfect game when he blanked the Minnesota Twins, 4-0. Events 1521 - Edward Stafford 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for Treason. A perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a Pitcher (or combination of pitchers pitches a victory that lasts a minimum The Minnesota Twins are a professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In an interesting historic note, Wells attended the same San Diego high school, Point Loma High School, as Don Larsen, whose perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series remains the only no-hitter ever thrown in postseason play and was until then the only perfect game thrown by a Yankee. Donald James Larsen (born August 7, 1929 in Michigan City Indiana) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for 14 seasons The 1956 World Series of Major League Baseball was played between the New York Yankees (representing the American League) and the defending champion In Baseball, a no-hitter (also known as a no-hit game, or colloquially a no-no) refers to a game in which one of the teams prevented the other from getting In an organised Sports league, a season is the portion of one Year in which regulated Games of the sport are in session David Cone would add a third Yankee perfect game in 1999. David Brian Cone (born January 2, 1963 in Kansas City Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball Pitcher who pitched for the
After the season, Wells returned to the Blue Jays as part of a trade for Roger Clemens, along with Homer Bush and Graeme Lloyd. William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio) is an American Right-handed Pitcher in Major Homer Giles Bush (born November 12, 1972 in East St Louis Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball Second baseman who played Graeme John Lloyd (born April 9, 1967 in Victoria, Australia) is a former Major League Baseball Pitcher who had a ten He continued to win north of the border, with records of 17-10 and 20-8 over the next two years. He and pitcher Matt DeWitt were then traded to the Chicago White Sox, in a deal that was quickly mired in controversy. Matt DeWitt is a major league pitcher who briefly played 29 games with the Toronto Blue Jays (2000-2001 and the San Diego Padres (2002 The Chicago White Sox are a professional Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The primary player being traded by the White Sox, starting pitcher Mike Sirotka, was injured at the time of the deal, and he never pitched in the major leagues again. Michael Robert Sirotka (born May 13, 1971, in Houston Texas) was a Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher Toronto's general manager, Gord Ash, had not made the deal contingent on the results of a medical examination, however, and MLB ruled in favor of the White Sox. Gordon Ian Ash (born December 20, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario) is vice president and assistant general manager for the Milwaukee Brewers The Blue Jays thus received only Kevin Beirne, Brian Simmons, and minor leaguer Mike Williams, and the mistake ultimately cost Ash his job. Kevin Patrick Beirne (born January 1, 1974, in Houston Texas) was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher Brian Simmons (born September 4, 1973, in Lebanon Pennsylvania) was a Major League Baseball outfielder
The deal did not turn out particularly well for the White Sox, either, as Wells struggled with back problems in 2001 and pitched only 100⅔ innings. After the season's end, he returned to the Yankees, a deal that was again immersed in controversy as he had already reached an oral agreement to join the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks (also referred to as the D-backs) are a professional baseball team based in Phoenix Arizona. Despite having lost some velocity from his fastball, he retained his excellent curveball and his control, and posted an outstanding 19-7 record in 2002. For the American band of the same name see Fastball (band. For the game also known as fast-pitch softball see Softball. The curveball is a breaking pitch in Baseball thrown with a grip and hand movement that imparts down and/or sideways spin to the ball.
Wells was the subject of some controversy prior to the 2003 season, when his autobiography Perfect I'm Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches and Baseball, was published. An autobiography, from the Greek αὐτός autos "self" βίος bios "life" and γράφειν graphein "to write" The book upset the Yankees' management, and Wells was fined $100,000 by the team for disparaging comments which appeared in it. One of them included himself having a hangover when he pitched his perfect game. A perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a Pitcher (or combination of pitchers pitches a victory that lasts a minimum Among the other controversial statements were claims that he strengthened his pitching arm as a youth by throwing rocks at homeless people and that his minor league team, the Kinston Blue Jays, had segregated stands in 1983 despite ample evidence to the contrary. The Kinston Indians are a minor league Baseball team in Kinston North Carolina. Amusingly, Wells claimed to have been misquoted in the book, which was presumably penned by a ghost writer. A ghostwriter is a professional Writer who is paid to write books articles stories reports or other content which are officially credited to another person The problems didn't carry over to the field, however. Wells posted a 15-7 record and helped the Yankees win another pennant.
On September 28, 2003, the final day of the regular season, Wells earned the 200th win of his career in a game managed by Clemens, who had won his 300th game earlier in the season and was thought to be retiring from baseball (Clemens ended up putting off his retirement). Events 48 BC - Pompey the Great is assassinated on orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt. Regular Yankees manager Joe Torre let Clemens manage the last, meaningless game of the regular season, and Clemens pulled Wells from the game in the eighth inning. Joseph Paul Torre (ˈtɔɹi born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn New York) is the current manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a former Major
He was also criticized by Yankee fans for not being able to pitch during Game 5 of the 2003 World Series. The 2003 World Series marked the 99th baseball World Series event He started the game, but left during the first inning because of a bad backache. Yankee fans believe that he should at least told Torre he couldn't pitch that day, instead of waiting until the first inning, which meant Torre had to waste his bullpen to finish the game. The Yankees ended up losing the game and the series.
On January 1, 2004, Wells was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Padres to a one-year contract. New Year See also New Year The Ancient Romans began their consular year on January 1st since 153 BC In Professional sports a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired and the player is able to sign a contract with another team if that player The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego California since their founding in 1969 Wells posted a 12-8 record with a 3. 73 ERA to start off his second stint in the National League. The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League ( NL) is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball
On December 11, 2004, Wells signed a two-year deal with the Boston Red Sox and took the uniform number 3, reminding many of another full-bodied, gregarious, left-handed Sox pitcher who wore the same number in the past, Babe Ruth. Events 359 - Honoratus, the first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office George Herman Ruth Jr (February 6 1895 &ndash August 16 1948 also popularly known as " Babe " " The Bambino " and " The Sultan of
Getting off to a bad start, many fans questioned the decision of general manager Theo Epstein, but after coming off of the DL and getting rocked in his first start back in Oakland - and changing his uniform number from 3 to 16 - David Wells became the same dominating pitcher he was in the past. Theo Nathan Epstein (born December 29, 1973 in New York City) is the Executive Vice President / General Manager of the Boston Red He went on to post a 15-7 record, with a 4. 45 ERA. Wells pitched much better than his ERA may show, but had a few very poor outings, which caused his ERA to "balloon. " After the 2005 season, Wells requested a trade back to the West Coast, but he eventually withdrew that request and resigned himself to one last year pitching for the Red Sox.
On March 28, 2006, the Red Sox announced that Wells would begin 2006 on the disabled list, as he was still recovering from surgery performed on his right knee. In Major League Baseball, the disabled list (DL is a method for teams to remove their injured players from the roster in order to summon healthy players Surgery (from the χειρουργική cheirourgikē, via chirurgiae meaning "hand work" is a medical specialty that uses operative manual and instrumental After pitching one game on April 12, he was once again placed on the 15-day disabled list. He announced that if his knee does not improve he would retire. Wells came off the disabled list on May 26, to make his second start of the year against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St
On August 31, 2006, with the Red Sox post-season chances fading, Wells' wish of finishing his career playing for a West Coast team and a playoff contender was granted when he was traded back to the Padres for top catching prospect George Kottaras. Events 1056 - Byzantine Empress Theodora becomes ill dying suddenly a few days later without children to succeed the Throne Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego California since their founding in 1969 George Kottaras (born May 16, 1983 in Scarborough Ontario) is a Major League Baseball Catcher for the Boston Red Sox
Following the 2006 season, Wells filed for free agency. For players who are already planning on retiring, this is a customary move in case one changes his mind. Wells' agent had stated the pitcher will keep his options open but his physical condition will play a large part in making the final decision whether or not to return for another season.  Eventually, Wells decided to stay with the Padres, agreeing in principle on a one-year deal worth $3 million in base salary with a possible $4 million more in incentives.
On March 18, 2007, it was revealed that Wells has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Events 37 - The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius ' will and proclaims Caligula emperor Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Diabetes mellitus (ˌdaɪəˈbiːtiːz or /ˌdaɪəˈbiːtəs/ /məˈlaɪtəs/ or /ˈmɛlətəs/ often referred to simply as diabetes ( Ancient Greek: grc This form of diabetes is more closely associated with lifestyle factors, such as diet, but the condition of people with a genetic disposition for diabetes can be exacerbated with chronic high blood sugar, as insulin resistance can be an adaptation of insulin in the wake of too-high blood sugar over time. Blood sugar, used in a physiological context is a misnomer and misleading .
On August 8, the Padres announced they would cut ties with Wells when Chris Young was ready to come off the disabled list. Events 1220 - Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula. 
On August 23, 2007 Wells was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Events 79 - Mount Vesuvius begins stirring on the feast day of Vulcan the Roman god of fire Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a Major League Baseball team based in Los Angeles California, USA His first start with the Dodgers was on August 26 against the New York Mets. "Mets" redirects here For the medical term see Metastasis. He pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 earned runs. Wells also reached first base on a bunt single, scored a run, and earned the victory. He was the oldest pitcher to start a game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
On September 13, 2007, against his former team, the San Diego Padres, Wells had his first multi-hit game of his 21 year career at the age of 44. Events 509 BC - The Temple of Jupiter on Rome 's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. He hit a single and a double off former teammate Greg Maddux. In Baseball, a single is the most common type of base hit, accomplished through the act of a batter safely reaching First base by hitting In Baseball, a double is the act of a batter striking the pitched ball and safely reaching Second base without being called out by the Umpire Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966 in San Angelo Texas) is a Pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After the season he filed for free agency. On May 9, 2008, it was reported in the New York Media that Wells might sign on to pitch with the pitching depleted New York Yankees. If signed, it would be Wells third stint as a Yankee.
Wells owns a career record of 239-157, including a 173-99 mark since 1995. He is 82 games over . 500 for his career, a record superior to many of the finest pitchers in baseball history. His career ERA of 4. 06 looks unimpressive, but it is better than average for the big-hitting era in which he's had his best seasons. Despite his amazing longevity and many achievements, most considered him to be at best a borderline candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame. While there are other pitchers in the Hall who came back from lackluster starts to their careers (i. e. Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan), relatively few pitchers struggle for as long as Wells did, only to achieve success in their 30s. Sanford Koufax (ˈkoʊfæks (born Sanford Braun, on December 30, 1935) is an American Left-handed former Pitcher in Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr (born January 31, 1947 in Refugio, Texas) is a retired American Right-handed Pitcher in
Wells is sometimes criticized for a lack of tact. For example, he will sometimes speculate on which players are using steroids- a topic that many players consider to be taboo. Anabolic steroids, or anabolic-androgenic steroids ( AAS) are a class of Steroid hormones related to the hormone Testosterone.
In his book The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty sports writer Buster Olney described Wells as. . .
". . . a seasoned power pitcher who showed no signs of slowing down. In Baseball, a power pitcher is a Pitcher who relies on the Velocity of his pitches, sometimes at the expense of accuracy "Wells had compiled an 18-4 record in the season before, and in his two years with the Yankees, he had won all five of his postseason starts and had thrown a perfect game. He was a left-handed pitcher with exceptional control. . . only Randy Johnson was better matched to Yankee Stadium, a place forever kind to lefties. For other people named Randy Johnson see Randy Johnson (disambiguation Randall David Johnson (born September 10, 1963 in The original Yankee Stadium is a Stadium located in The Bronx in New York City. But Wells was troublesome and inconsistent: throughout his career, these were the only constants in his personality. "
Wells currently lives in San Diego County (Rancho Santa Fe) with his wife, Nina, and sons, Brandon and Lars. San Diego County is a County located on the Pacific Ocean in the far southwest of the U Rancho Santa Fe is a Census-designated place (CDP in San Diego County, California, United States and a Bedroom community of He is also a Co-Owner of Semi-Private NY Nightclub The Plumm, along with Chris Noth, Jesse Bradford, Noel Ashman, among others. The Plumm is a nightclub in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. Christopher David "Chris" Noth (born November 13 1954) is a Golden Globe -nominated American Actor of Film, Jesse Bradford Watrouse (born May 28, 1979) better known as Jesse Bradford, is an American Actor. Noel Ashman is an NY based Movie Producer/Club Owner/Real Estate Investor
Wells is one of the principal owners of the production company Rocco's Jobbers. Although he is mainly a financial, and not creative partner, he has a history of championing personal projects to senior management of the company. One such project was a television series based on former team mate Fred McGriff's nickname, The Crime Dog. Frederick Stanley "Crime Dog" McGriff (born October 31, 1963 in Tampa Florida) is a former left-handed Major League Baseball player Another was about the life of a fan that Wells observed being mugged in the stands at Yankee Stadium. The original Yankee Stadium is a Stadium located in The Bronx in New York City. This tale is chronicled in the book "Chicken Soup for the Sportsfan's Soul":
". . . Wells felt helpless that little James (Jimmy) Palooka could not seek the justice he so deserved. . . in order to make things whole, he had a film production company that he owns produce a ten minute short film in which Super Jimmy, a mild-mannered baseball fan with super strength, patrols the stands at Yankee Stadium fighting injustice in the crowds. To this day, Wells has never admitted to the kind hearted gesture, worrying about its impact on his gruff public persona. But to little Jimmy Palooka, the video remains the silver lining on an otherwise ominous cloud. "
|Perfect game pitcher|
May 17, 1998
|American League Championship Series MVP|
|American League All-Star Game Starting pitcher|
|American League Wins Champion|
(with Tim Hudson)